Size not everything, says ICAS
Ian Robertson, the president of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland, has re-emphasised the need for independence within the profession.
In a speech at Edinburgh Castle last night (Thursday) to mark ICAS’s 150th anniversary, Robertson said an independent accountant voice was needed at a time of proposed mergers elsewhere in the industry.
‘We believe that in this time of global commerce our profession and our government still welcome the independent voice when it speaks with clarity in the public interest,’ he said.
‘We believe that size is not all that matters and that a body such as ICAS operating in a focussed way, and continuing the high standards we have upheld so strongly in the past, will always have a valid contribution to make.’
ICAS has some 15,500 members. The anniversary evening was hosted by the Scottish Executive.
Currently, the ICAEW, CIMA and CIPFA are consulting their members on a possible merger.